DA event wasn't political - Madonsela

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela will meet with the ANC to discuss her decision to attend a DA event.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela launched a national inquiry into problems with RDP housing and illegal conversion of panel-vans into taxis. Pictures: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA)'s Women's Day workshop was not a political function, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela said on Monday.

On Friday, she came under fire from the ANC who accused her of compromising her office by attending the event.

The ruling party labelled Madonsela's decision to address the DA event as "ill-considered".

The ANC said it opened her up to political bias.

But Madonsela insists the event was not a DA rally, as portrayed by the ANC.

"I got an invitation to address 500 women who wanted to know more about their constitutional rights and the role of my office."

She said she will meet with the ANC in September to discuss the issue.

Meanwhile, United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader Bantu Holomisa came out in support of Madonsela, saying the ANC was overreacting.

"The ANC is becoming spoiled. Some of these Chapter 9 institutions have graced their events, but you never see them attending events of other political parties."